Cocker’s Hotchkiss show to benefit charity

Joe Cocker

Call it a home-stage advantage.

On July 6, singer Joe Cocker will perform at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss, which is only 10 minutes from his Crawford ranch.

Cocker, an internationally acclaimed musician, is taking the home stage for the second straight summer to help raise funds for the Cocker Kids Foundation nonprofit organization.

The 2009 show at the Delta County Fairgrounds raised $178,000 for the foundation. The Cocker Kids Foundation has given nearly $700,000 to North Fork Valley youth and youth organizations since its start 12 years ago.

The $45 concert tickets for this year’s Cocker concert go on sale Friday at City Market locations in Grand Junction, Delta, Montrose, Hotchkiss, Basalt, Carbondale and Gunnison.

Paonia’s Strolling Scones and the internationally known Otis Taylor Band are scheduled to open for Cocker.

Cocker, a native of England, has been playing music since the 1960s, when he first toured with the Rolling Stones. Since that time, he has turned out such hits as “Up Where We Belong,” “You Are So Beautiful” and “The Letter.”

The Hotchkiss show follows a busy June for Cocker, who is scheduled to tour with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers for most of that month, including a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison.

Cocker said he plans to add a few songs to the Hotchkiss show set that he won’t play on tour this summer.

For more information about the Cocker Kids Foundation and the work the organization does to help area youth, go to www.


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